Graduates during the commencement ceremony of Regent University, Virginia Beach.

Regent University Commencement Information

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

NOTE: In order to protect the health and well-being of our students and all in attendance, Regent University will move its commencement ceremony and all school-specific commissioning ceremonies to an online format. All ceremonies will be streamed online so that graduates, friends, and families can participate from all over the world.

The decision to conduct these ceremonies online honors guidelines announced by The White House and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our approach is in line with CDC regulations for social distancing to deter the spread of COVID-19. More details to follow in the days ahead. Please check back for updates.

Explore below for more information about your important celebration! If you have additional questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office. We look forward to helping you prepare for this significant milestone!

Commencement

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Regent University will celebrate its 40th commencement ceremony, welcoming internationally renowned author and speaker Eric Metaxas as the keynote speaker. An estimated 2,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred – making the class of 2020 the largest graduating class in the school’s history.

In order to protect the health and well-being of our students and all in attendance, Regent University will move its commencement ceremony and all school-specific commissioning ceremonies to an online format. All ceremonies will be streamed online so that graduates, friends, and families can participate from all over the world.

The decision to conduct these ceremonies online honors guidelines announced by The White House and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our approach is in line with CDC regulations for social distancing to deter the spread of COVID-19. This decision, while difficult, reflects our steadfast commitment to the safety and well-being of the entire Regent community.

To signify the great joy and significance of graduation, each Regent graduate will receive a complimentary graduation package in the mail containing the full program and other surprises. Additionally, graduates will receive a commemorative 2020 commencement DVD following the event.

WATCH COMMENCEMENT ONLINE ON MAY 9, 2020

Take note of the following steps to prepare for participation in graduation:

1. Fulfill your degree/certificate requirements.

Ensure that you are on track to complete your degree requirements as anticipated. You may want to check in with your academic advisor if you have questions or concerns. Please review the Degree Clearance section in this tab for more information regarding the process.

2. Submit your Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office.

Deadline dates to submit graduation applications are as follows:

September 15 for fall graduation
December 1 for spring and summer graduation

3. A $25 late fee will be assessed on all first-time applications submitted past the deadline.

Students who are not approved to graduate for either the degree or certificate in the semester stated on the application must file another application in a subsequent semester. Certificate applications are accepted year round; however, students earning a certificate only do not participate in the Commencement ceremony.

4. Pay the appropriate graduation fee in the Business Office or online via Genisys.

This fee is assessed only one time per degree/certificate earned. The fee applies regardless of when all graduation requirements are completed.

  • $70 – JD, LL.M., Ed.S. and all Doctorate
  • $60 – All Other Degrees
  • $30 – Certificates

5. Complete Student Loan Exit Counseling.

Federal regulations state that students who have borrowed federal student loans (Stafford, PLUS, Perkins) are required to Complete your Student Loan Exit Counseling. If you have questions, please contact Student Financial Aid at 757.352.4125 or finaid@regent.edu.

6. Regalia.

The Oak Hall website is open and available for students wishing to purchase regalia and have it shipped to their home. All orders must be placed by April 15, 2020.

Regalia Returns and Refunds

Graduates who selected the “Ship to Home” option may return their unopened regalia to Oak Hall within 30 days of placing their order and request a refund. The return address is included with your packing slip. Questions may be directed to customerservice@oakhalli.com or 800.223.0429.

Graduates who selected the “Ship to School” option should contact Oak Hall directly at  customerservice@oakhalli.com by March 30, 2020 to either cancel their order and request a refund or request that their order be changed to ship to home (additional shipping charges will apply).  The Registrar’s Office will not receive or distribute regalia for the May 2020 Commencement.

Please complete your graduation application.

Application Deadlines
September 15 for fall graduation
December 1 for spring and summer graduation
Deadlines are for submission of the application, not payment of the graduation fee.

A $25 late fee will be assessed on all first-time applications submitted past the deadline.

Baccalaureate degrees with honors are conferred in accordance with the following cumulative grade point averages on work attempted at Regent University. GPAs are NOT rounded up:

Summa Cum Laude: 4.00 cumulative GPA

Magna Cum Laude: 3.95-3.99 cumulative GPA

Cum Laude: 3.85-3.94 cumulative GPA

The cum laude designations apply only to undergraduate candidates who have completed 25% or more of their coursework (a minimum of 30 institutional credits) at Regent University. Candidates for Latin Honors will be designated in the Commencement and Commissioning programs according to final grades submitted by March 15. Official designations will be determined after all courses have been completed and grades submitted for the degree. These designations will be noted on the awardees’ official academic transcripts and diplomas.

Please review the Degree Clearance section above for information on requirements and timelines for the issuance of diplomas or certificates and complimentary copies.

  • Graduates must report any errors on their diploma within 30 days of receiving the diploma. If errors are not reported within this time-frame, graduates will be charged a replacement fee (see below).
  • If your diploma has been lost or damaged, you may order a replacement diploma by submitting a Diploma Replacement Form to the Registrar’s Office. The fee is $30 for diplomas issued after July 1, 2006 and $50 for replacement of a diploma issued prior to July 2006.
  • Fees may be paid online through the Business Office website by selecting “Transcript Payment” under “Miscellaneous Payments” or by check or money order payable to:Regent University
    Registrar’s Office, SC 218
    1000 Regent University Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Commissioning & Walking

Regent University’s Commissioning Services are sacred rituals where you’re invited to reflect and worship among your peers, and acknowledge your academic achievement. As you prepare to leave school and enter the world, your family members and close friends are welcome to join this cherished and significant tradition.

This event will prayerfully commission you to serve the world as a Christian leader in your chosen field. The schedule includes:

  • Dean’s welcome
  • Presentation of Outstanding Student Awards
  • Formal reading of graduate names
  • Faculty prayer of commissioning with graduates
  • Hooding of graduate students

The College of Arts & Sciences Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Marc Clifford 757.352.4110 | casgened@regent.edu

The College of Healthcare Sciences
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Lynnette Harris 757.352.4255 | lynnhar@regent.edu

The School of Business & Leadership Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Rebecca Morgan 757.352.4530 | rebemo1@regent.edu

The School of Communication & the Arts Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Marjorie Ackerman 757.352.4916 | mackerman@regent.edu

The School of Divinity Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Melissa Seaman 757.352.4403 | melisea@regent.edu

The School of Education Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Diane Morgan 757.352.4220 | mmorgan@regent.edu

The Robertson School of Government Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Anita Reed 757.352.4302 | anitree@regent.edu

The School of Law Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Mary Bunch 757.352.4040 | marybun@regent.edu

The School of Nursing
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Lynnette Harris 757.352.4255 | lynnhar@regent.edu

The School of Psychology & Counseling Commissioning & Walking
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Lynnette Harris 757.352.4255 | lynnhar@regent.edu

Directions & Hotel

We look forward to hosting you at our beautiful Regent University campus. To assist you in your travels, please follow Google Maps for general directions to campus. As you exit the interstate at Indian River Road, the instructions below will guide you to commencement parking:

From Interstate 64 (East or West)

  1. Take exit 286B from Interstate 64 at Indian River Road. Follow the signs to the second light.
  2. At the second light, Centerville Turnpike, take a right turn. Follow the signs for commencement parking.
  3. Follow the directions of all parking attendants.
  4. Additional signs will lead you to the library plaza, the site of our commencement ceremony.

View Campus Map

Shuttle Buses: These will run continually from most parking lots to the shuttle stop closest to the library plaza from 7:15 am to approximately 12:30 pm. Note the color-coded parking lot sign to assist you in locating your car after the ceremony.

Note: Please plan approximately 10 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the ceremony site near the Library. Also, in your travel plans, please factor in time for significant commencement traffic as you near the Regent campus as well as long lines for parking as all vehicles will be directed to enter Regent from the Centerville Turnpike entrance.

Founders Inn and Spa

Located on Regent University’s Campus (www.foundersinn.com )
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia
757.366.5700
1.800.926.4466

The Founders Inn and Spa’s blend of old world beauty and colonial era charm is reflected in the newly renovated comfortable, yet dignified, ambiance of every guest room. The timeless Founders Inn and Spa pampers guests with the comforts of home, concierge attention and hi-tech conveniences. Select guest rooms with fireplaces and views of the serene lake and lovely Colonial garden are especially unforgettable.

Guest Services Include:

  • Concierge
  • Laundry/dry cleaning service
  • Valet parking
  • Fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Full-service Flowering Almond Spa
  • Full-service business center
  • Wireless and hardwired Internet access
  • Movie night every Friday (subject to cancellation without notice)
  • Shuttle service (call 757.424.5511 for further details)
  • Children 8 & under eat free in Swan Terrace restaurant with a paying adult

The Founders Inn and Spa is pleased to offer:

  • Federal per diem rates year round to all DoD and Federal Government travelers.
  • Military and government meeting packages are also available, contact the Sales Department at 757.366.5716 for more information.

Severe Weather

Severe Weather Plan: The Commencement Ceremony will not be moved for non-severe weather conditions. Graduates will be provided with disposable clear ponchos at the graduate line-up in case of heavy rain. In the rare event of dangerous weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be delayed.

Severe Weather Notification: If the ceremony is delayed due to dangerous weather, notification will be sent via Regent Alert and posted to the Regent University website. Guests should call the Regent Hotline at 757.352.4777 for a recorded message with full severe weather details. Guests at The Founders Inn and Spa will be given written notices at their doors.

FAQs

Ceremonies and Logistics

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Regent University will celebrate its 40th commencement ceremony, welcoming internationally renowned author and speaker Eric Metaxas as the keynote speaker. An estimated 2,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred – making the class of 2020 the largest graduating class in the school’s history.

In order to protect the health and well-being of our students and all in attendance, Regent University will move its commencement ceremony and all school-specific commissioning ceremonies to an online format. All ceremonies will be streamed online so that graduates, friends, and families can participate from all over the world.

The decision to conduct these ceremonies online honors guidelines announced by The White House and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our approach is in line with CDC regulations for social distancing to deter the spread of COVID-19. This decision, while difficult, reflects our steadfast commitment to the safety and well-being of the entire Regent community.

To signify the great joy and significance of graduation, each Regent graduate will receive a complimentary graduation package in the mail containing the full program and other surprises. Additionally, graduates will receive a commemorative 2020 commencement DVD following the event.

WATCH COMMENCEMENT ONLINE ON MAY 9, 2020 

T-shirts with a listing of all graduate names will be available for sale. Watch your Regent email account for further updates from Student Services.

You may purchase items for graduates online prior to the ceremony.

Regalia

No. All graduates must purchase and wear the standard regalia offered by a regalia company of the university’s choice (Oak Hall). In addition to regalia, men should wear a shirt and tie but no jacket and ladies should wear dresses or skirts and comfortable shoes (flats or low wedges). Comfortable shoes are essential for graduates as there will be significant periods of standing (over one hour) and brisk walking. Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.

Please note that graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible.

Undergraduate Latin honors recipients will be awarded an honor stole to wear with their regalia. These honor stoles are given during regalia distribution.

Additionally, students who have served in elected positions for the Council of Graduate Students or the College Student Leadership Board may wear the recognition cords provided by the University if they completed their term of office or left the position in good standing. These recognition cords will be distributed by the Student Services Department.

Active duty military and veterans receive recognition cords from the Military Affairs Office.

Members of the following university-sanctioned academic honor societies may wear their organization’s approved honor cord only, no additional pins, tassels, stoles, medallions or other insignia are permitted. Honor Society students are responsible for ordering their own cords. Approved honor societies: Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Phi Sigma, Chi Sigma Iota, Kappa Delta Pi, Lambda Pi Eta, Phi Alpha Delta, Pi Alpha Alpha, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Tau Delta.

The Oak Hall website is open and available for students wishing to purchase regalia and have it shipped to their home. All orders must be place by April 15, 2020.

Graduates who selected the “Ship to Home” option may return their unopened regalia to Oak Hall within 30 days of placing their order and request a refund. The return address is included with your the packing slip. Questions may be directed to customerservice@oakhalli.com or 800.223.0429.

Graduates who selected the “Ship to School” option should contact Oak Hall directly at  customerservice@oakhalli.com by March 30, 2020  to either cancel their order and request a refund or request that their order be changed to ship to home (additional shipping charges will apply).  The Registrar’s Office will not receive or distribute regalia for the May 2020 Commencement.

Graduates who selected the “Ship to School” option should contact Oak Hall directly at  customerservice@oakhalli.com by March 30, 2020  to either cancel their order and request a refund or request that their order be changed to ship to home (additional shipping charges will apply).  The Registrar’s Office will not receive or distribute regalia for the May 2020 Commencement.

Men should wear a shirt and tie but no jacket and ladies should wear dresses or skirts. All graduates should wear comfortable shoes (flats or low wedges). Graduates spend a significant amount of time standing (over one hour) and walking briskly. Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.

Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, etc. A small camera is permissible.

Regent University’s colors are kelly green and royal blue.

Guests

Diplomas and Miscellaneous

Commencement announcements, diploma frames, and class rings can be ordered through Herff Jones. Do NOT order regalia from Herff Jones. See Regalia information listed above.

Doctoral and Juris Doctor diplomas are 15″x20″. The diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s programs, the Ed.S., the LL.M., and all certificate programs are 11″x14″. The A.A. diploma is 8.5″x11″. All diplomas are printed in portrait (vertical) orientation.

No. Degrees are posted after final grades are issued and verification of all graduation requirements has been completed. Students receive an automatic email notification when their degree is posted. Final transcripts are sent once your degree is posted, and diploma orders are submitted on the last business day of each month. Diplomas are sent directly to the graduate from the printer and typically take 4-6 weeks from the date of the order to arrive.

Please visit the Registrar’s Office website for more diploma information.

Use #regentgrad20 and you may have your photo, tweet, etc. displayed on the big screen prior to the ceremony. Search for #regentgrad20 across social media to see what others are posting.

You can reach the Alumni Relations office by phone at 888.294.2586 or at alumni@regent.edu. You can also stay connected by registering with the Regent online community.

All pending graduates currently have access to www.regentalumni.org. The community provides students and alumni with social networking tools, job listings, alumni directories, and other resources. To start taking advantage of these tools, please visit the website and follow the instructions for first time login. If you have any issues or need assistance please contact either Joshua Liotta or Ashley Weekley at alumni@regent.edu or 888.294.2586.

Info Videos

Our Regent University Alumni Officers have created the following videos as resources for you to get ready for Graduation Weekend. If you have any questions regarding the Regent University Alumni Association, please email alumni@regent.edu.

Steps to Graduate and Becoming a Regent Alum

The Difference Between Commissioning & Commencement

How to Order Regalia